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Live Long And Prosper: Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall

You guys it is Lauren Bacall’s birthday today and she is 89 and she is still so fucking fabulous I can hardly stand it. Seriously, how do you pack that much awesome living into one life?

She was a model…


…who draped herself across a piano while President Harry S. Truman played piano:


Her first film, To Have and Have Not, was with Humphrey Bogart, where she delivered one of the all-time sexiest classic movie lines:

That voice, you guys. THAT FUCKING VOICE.

After that, she married Bogey. No big deal. Was with him until he passed away and then she dated Frank Sinatra:


Along the way there was also Key Largo, How to Marry a Millionare. The Big Sleep, Sex and the Single Girl…you get the idea.

She made smoking look both insanely sexy:


…and laid back:

Live Long And Prosper: Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall

[happynicetime disclaimer. Yes, we know smoking is bad for you. No, you should probably not take up the habit. Duh.]

She aged beautifully. No, really FUCKING beautifully:

The Vertical Hour Broadway Opening - Arrivals

She’s namechecked by the Clash for no good reason but it is cool anyway:


Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall. Please write more books and show up at more awards shows and say more awesome things and basically live forever please.

[final photo by PR Photos]

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  • shastakoala

    Love those late late shows. Nothing better than Bogey and Bacall!

  • Guest

    My friend’s mom learned to smoke with Lauren Bacall when they were 13. I can just picture Lauren being fabulous, even at 13, when the rest of us weren’t and probably never would be.

  • TiredGeezerLady

    My friend’s mom learned to smoke with Lauren Bacall when they were 13. I can picture Lauren being fabulous, even at 13, when the rest of us weren’t.

  • x111e7thst

    She used to beat up people in bars. Bogart apparently ducked and covered while she did so.

  • Lectricboogaloo

    Hell yeah!

  • La Cieca

    And Broadway musical star!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzWq_0s9KWgThis was the season when Bacall beat out Katharine Hepburn for the “Best Actress in a Musical” Tony Award.

  • La Cieca

    And, let us not forget, decaf spokesmodel!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUi2dXXVsd8

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I cannot tell you how badly I aspire to have a car with a little table in it with a desk lamp on it. It is the only way to travel.Well, that, and with a giant jar of instant High Point.

  • kath1y

    Would it be rude to point out that, despite the wicked cigarettes, she’s lived to 89 and still counting? Anti-cigarette freaks, please take note.

    • TiredGeezerLady

      She is lucky in ALL ways, even holding off the deadly cancer in the face of all that sexy smoking.

    • pragmatist3

      It is necessary to footnote that by saying that her heavy smoking husband died of cancer of the esophagus at 57.

  • $61311062

    There is something wrong with my pants, brb.

  • Vecchiojohn

    Hottest woman who ever lived. The others pale. Viva!

    • willi0000000

      well, there is also Sophia Loren.

  • TiredGeezerLady

    Gotta comment again. I never looked one-quarter as good young as she does really old. Clearly she is a superior species.

  • pragmatist3

    True story: Went to see Albee’s 3 Tall Women in London starring Maggie Smith. House lights went out and the aisle seats behind me were suddenly filled. The atmosphere in the theater suddenly changed At the intermission we all realized for the first time that Lauren Bacall had entered. Star power.

  • Crank Tango

    Happy Birthday, Betty! I hope you remember how to whistle!